For that matter, anyone even HEARD of SXSW? It used to be a cool new music type of conference… but they’ve added some sub-genres to the conference. One of which is SXSW Interactive.
What’s the difference between a library technology conference and SXSW Interactive? Well… let me say it this way: at a library conference, you’ll hear someone talk about how they’re using Flickr in their library. At SXSW Interactive, you’ll hear the founders of Flickr themselves.
From the SXSW site:
“Attracting digital creatives as well as visionary technology
entrepreneurs, the SXSW Interactive Festival enables you to connect,
discover and inspire your link to the cutting edge” and “The SXSW Interactive Festival offers five days of panels, keynote
discussions, trade show and exhibition, and exciting evening events.
Attendees benefit from hands-on, how-to training as well as long-term,
big-picture analysis in an atmosphere that charges creativity and
OK – just a little more from their faq:
What kind of topics are covered at the event?
Panel topics cover everything from web design, usability, and blogging to wireless innovation and new technology business models.
Who attends this event?
SXSW Interactive appeals to uber-geeks and digital creatives who push
the cutting edge of technological change. More specifically, the event
appeals to content developers, web designers, programmers, bloggers,
wireless innovators, gamers, tech entrepreneurs, bankers, investors,
I think librarians could learn a thing or two at this conference… for that matter, we might even be able to add to the conversation.
What do you think?